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Maroon 2023 Season Preview: New League, New Faces

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Maroon heads into the new year with an all-new coaching staff and much changed squad, and still full of talent and promise.


Maroon has been training hard through pre-season leading up to their league opener this Sunday

*Photo credit Sam Rode

 

As Fall rolls around again that means college soccer is back for your Golden Gophers. A high amount of turnover from Maroon's 2022 squad between graduates and promotions to Gold mean there's many new talented faces among the ranks of the Maroon squad. Let's see who's new:


Owen Brooks - Senior (GK)

Wilton Bomsta - Freshman (CB)

Tuan Vu - Junior (FB)

Emilio Villasenor - Freshman (CM)

Finn Kennedy - Freshman (CM)

Sergio Lee - Freshman (W)

Antonio Lee - Freshman (W)

Cal Goerdt - Senior (FB)

Cy Goerdt - Senior (FB)

Pranay Dhiman - Freshman (CB)

Daniel Hernandez- Junior (CM)

Wiley Wang - Sophomore (CAM)

Aariz Arshad - Freshman (W/CAM)

Max Turchin - Freshman (CB/FB)

Sam Sullivan - Freshman (CM, CB)

Max TerMaat - Freshman (CM)

Ty Svenby - Freshman (FB/CM)

Zach Mattes - Freshman (CAM/W)

Matthew Locher - Sophomore (FB)

As another massive change for Gopher soccer this year, both Gold and Maroon will be competing in the Upper Midwest Collegiate Soccer League new format, which establishes a traditional league table where the Gophers will play set league games every week, rather than the old format where the Gophers played tournaments all in one weekend for their league games.


This new look squad starts up play right away, with an inaugural league match pitting Maroon vs Minnesota State Mankato in an away tilt, Sunday September 10th. Last year's matchup featuring the two sides ended in a narrow OT 1-0 defeat for Maroon, and Maroon will look to correct their loss from last year to start off the league with a win. Maroon travels again to Winona State the following weekend on Sunday, as the last time the two sides met featured a Maroon win in 2018. Maroon's home opener comes the following weekend on September 23rd vs Minnesota-Duluth.


As Maroon kicks off a new Gopher season this Sunday, be sure to stay tuned to our website and socials so you don't miss any Minnesota soccer action!


 

Ski-U-Mah!


 

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